Sheila Kinkade's travels as a writer specializing in international development have taken her from the islands of Indonesia to the northern tip of Thailand, from Eastern Europe to Southern Africa. Deeply committed to furthering global understanding of our world as a common home, Sheila is the author of three nonfiction children's books--My Family, Children of Slovakia (Carolrhoda Books, 2000), and Children of the Philippines (Carolrhoda Books, 1996). Each of these titles intorduces young readers in the United States to the traditions adn lifestyles of their peers in other countries.
Sheila co-authored Our Time is Now: Young People Changing the World (Pearson Foundation, 2005), a book profiling more than 30 outstanding young leaders around the globe, and previously wrote Travel Smart: Maryland/Delaware (John Muir Publications, 1999), a 240-page guidebook to the region's rich culture, cuisine, and myriad outdoor activities.
A graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism, Sheila serves as a consultant to a variety of international develpment organizations, including the African Development Foundation, International Youth Foundation, Inter-American Development Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the World Bank.
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Families can be big or small, live in grass huts or urban apartments, eat couscous or apple pastries, and ride in cars or on camels. Despite these differences, all families have many things in common, and all are part of the human family.